But the controversial award of an injury time penalty try and red card to Errie Claassens saw defeat snatched from Hill's men in painful and cruel fashion.
"I said before the game with Gloucester that I was not going to accept anything apart from a win," admitted Hill.
"But I can't criticise that group of players for the effort and work they put in. It was a cruel blow and I felt we deserved to win.
"I thought we played some really good rugby. We had good intent, attacking from deep, nice mixture of kicking and some of our interplay and line breaks was superb.
"We are playing some really good rugby and that is where I feel very disappointed for the players. There is great ambition to play and a huge amount of effort.
"The players had a chat in the huddle at the end and we know we are playing some good rugby. Everyone is enjoying the way we are trying to play.
"This is the sixth game now when we have lost on the last play; you wonder how many more times the players can take that," he added.
"But it will bring us closer together and we said in the huddle at the end that we will work harder. Nobody is obviously going to give us any breaks this year, so all we can do is work for ourselves.
"At this moment it is a cruel blow because we were within a whisker of beating Gloucester. To their credit they came back at the end and we made a few mistakes to let them get into that position, but it's tough to take at the moment."